Completed Pac-Man Peysa

At long last, I have finished knitting the Pac Man Peysa!
Doc modeling the Pac Man Peysa in a bookstore

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

As you might recall, I told Doc that I would knit a sweater for him if he designed one. While the sweaters I had been knitting for myself were more traditional-looking Icelandic sweaters (lopapeysa), Doc of course designed a Pac-Man Peysa! He used http://knittingpatterns.is/ to do it, which is a super fun tool for designing Icelandic sweaters (although it is ancient and runs on Microsoft Silverlight)

Of course, the pattern had a lot of difficulties in it, since it was designed by somebody who had never knitted before (that is to say, Doc). I didn’t think about that, but it really made a difference to how things worked out. After I complained, Doc would make modifications based on my feedback and it would be much easier to implement.

I had initially thought that it was important to be super faithful to Doc’s design; but when I would bring up a part of the pattern that was not ideal for knitting, it would turn out that he didn’t even particularly want it that way – he just designed it like that because he didn’t know it would make it more difficult. So the pattern went through many many changes, and the final pattern is something we collaborated on.

It was still difficult in many ways, like having all the different color ghosts (instead of one color of ghost which would have been much easier), but that is something we weren’t willing to compromise. That’s almost the whole point of the sweater! And I’d say it was worth it.

If you want to download the pattern we generated from knittingpattern.is, it is here: pac_man_sleeve_updated_5

Note that the pattern doesn’t indicate the accurate number of stitches in the sleeve pattern, because it doesn’t show the increases. However the instructions do accurately say to increase every 6 rows. Use your judgement, and don’t do an increase in the middle of Pac-Man’s face or something, that sort of thing, and it will still work out fine. Also I didn’t like the look of those blue things in between the cherries on the yoke, so I took those out šŸ™‚

Here’s some more photos of Doc wearing it:

Doc modeling the Pac Man Peysa

Finished Pac Man Peysa!

And here are some of the in-progress photos to reminisce over:

Iceland 2017

Me knitting the neckband of the peysa

More Pacman peysa progress

In progress shot / closeup of the sleeve

The Pac Man Peysa is getting close to done...

In progress shot from when I was still working the yoke

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Nashville Trip

Welp I’m travelling in Nashville this week and yarr my comic is so delayed! But next Sunday I’ll have it up.

Nashville has been fun thus far, it has a pretty good live music scene and we got to hear some great performances at a Singer-Songwriter Night at a bar in midtown, along with a bunch of other stuff. That is something I’ve always really admired about places like New Orleans and Nashville, is how much they really value music, and it shows.

However, the bad side of Nashville is that the cars are absolutely out of control here. Like they don’t care if you’re crossing at a crosswalk, or if you have the walk sign on for pedestrians, they DO NOT SLOW DOWN AT ALL when approaching crosswalks or walk-signs. So cars turning left at an intersection, for example, will just accelerate straight into pedestrians crossing with the lights and with the pedestrian crossing sign on and everything. It is terrifying and the most horrible thing ever. I actually had to dive out of the way a couple of times because otherwise I would be dead. I have no idea how everybody in Nashville isn’t already dead from being run over by cars.

Because the weird thing is, lots of people seem to walk in Nashville! Like everybody, everywhere, is walking and there’s lots of sidewalks and certain neighborhoods would actually be very walkable if not for the fact that every single car-driver is apparently hell-bent on murder. It is such a sad example of how car culture just ruins things.

Oh, well. Have another screenshot.

KEEP MOVING!

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Elder Scrolls Mods

Me in an ash storm in Ald’rhun

One of the great things about the Elder Scrolls series is that they are basically built to support mods. This is a good idea for fan and developer alike: it engenders interest, replayability, and fan commitment. This I fully admit.

However, I have mostly just played the vanilla games. I’ve played vanilla Morrowind over and over again. I played vanilla Skyrim for one full playthrough, with a smattering of a few games started up and abandoned.

Side note: I really liked Skyrim, but for some reason it didn’t draw me in again and again like Morrowind did. I dorked around on side quests endlessly, but the moment I killed Alduin was the last time I ever loaded Skyrim. I then went back and re-re-replayed Morrowind. I have my speculations as to why this is, but enough of that.

Telvanni Guard. Yeah I just found random screencaps on my machine for this post.

The first mod I ever installed on an Elder Scrolls game was Tribunal Delayed, for the very reasons I’ve already covered here.

I still vastly prefer the vanilla aesthetic to updates or most mods, and yet I still found myself installing mods after that, so I thought I’d compile my list of mods that I’m using now. I’ve even started installing Skyrim mods, and that seems to have rekindled my interest in the game.

For Morrowind

  • Tribunal Delayed – As discussed above. Delays the events of Tribunal (and the assassins) until you’ve killed Dagoth Ur – as it should be!
  • HD Vanilla Textures – I love the aesthetic of the old game, and I don’t much care how all the textures/skin mods seem to make everybody look like Fabios and Barbies. That’s just weird. So now you can keep the vanilla aesthetic but make everything look cleaner and less muddy. I swear I noticed things like embroidered peacocks on clothing – that were there the whole time – but I never noticed before this mod!
  • Patch for Purists – Fixes legit bugs without actually changing intentional gameplay. Good for purists like me šŸ™‚
  • Uvirith Unleashed – To spiff up Tel Uvirith a bit, in an attempt to get me to finally stop hanging out in Tel Vos all the time a la Seinfeld’s Kramer (or Bojack Horseman’s Todd)
  • Face of the Hortator – I just like the idea of a “terrible aspect of Nerevar” being a mask

For Skyrim (Note that I got Skyrim Special Edition, so all the mods listed will be for that version – it is only fitting, since I’ve purchased Morrowind in at least 3 different forms over the years, so now I’ve purchased Skyrim twice)

  • Practical Female Armor – Seeing women with massive Madonna boob-cones on their their chests just looked plain silly and was a part of the reason why I never wore plate and just gave all plate to Erandur instead. Well, now women will wear regular old plate mail with this mod! No Madonna boob-cones.
  • Spouse’s Freedom – As you might recall from here, I’ve long lamented the fact that spouses essentially got super depressed if you ever moved them into a different house. They’d stop doing their usual cycle, and just refuse to ever leave the house or even TRY to make new friends. Well this mod solves that! Your spouse actually leaves the house and does stuff!
  • Dawnguard Delayed – I never bought Dawnguard before, ON PURPOSE (despite buying the Dragonborn and Hearthfire DLC), so when I found out SE comes with all DLC, I immediately installed this mod
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